Julia is a Designer!



Hi, I'm Julia!

I'm a New York based Industrial Designer and Researcher currently bringing products to life at Leadoff Studio and creating a more inclusive society at Open Style Lab.

I am Chinese American and have lived in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Long Island, NY before pursuing a dual-degree from Parsons School of Design and Eugene Lang College in New York City. I am fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese. My education, multicultural background and love for traveling has given me a global and culturally-driven perspective that challenges the design of products to be more socially, environmentally and economically inclusive.

Please feel free to contact me at mail.julialiao@gmail.com or connect with me on LinkedIn. My CV is available upon request.



Press and Awards


March 2018

The New York Times

May 2017

Fast Company WCI Awards

April 2018


March 2018

NBC News

September 2017

International Design Awards

May 2018

The New York Times Styles

May 2017

CNBC Technology Review

March 2018

APDC*IDA Design Excellence Awards

October 2018

Blackwood Design Awards

May 2018

The Luxury Daily

December 2015

Parsons Notable Thesis Work

May 2016

Voice of America - Chinese

May 2017

Yahoo! Lifestyle

December 2017

A Plus

September 2017

PBS News Hour

October 2018

The Funambulist Magazine

January 2018